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Chris Mitchell and Ben Nicholson-Smith preview the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays

The 2016 MLB Wrap Around: Episode #3 - The Toronto Blue Jays

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"A Podcast To Be Named Later" w/ Host Chris Mitchell @CJMitch73

Guest: Baseball Editor Ben Nicholson-Smith @BNicholsonSmith

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The MLB Wrap Around: Episode #3 Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays entered 2015 with questions about their rotation, unproven youth in their bullpen and two new additions to their daily lineup, Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin.

They managed to survive the loss of Marcus Stroman to a knee injury and Daniel Norris, Dalton Pompey and Miguel Castro due to ineffective performance. Their offense led the league in runs scored (891 runs scored) by 127 runs over the New York Yankees who were second with 764, home runs (232) and OPS (.797).

They made late season trades to acquire David Price from the Detroit Tigers and Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies and they won the AL East with a record of 93-69, but lost to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

The Jays head in to 2016 after losing David Price to the division rival Boston Red Sox via free agency and they traded Daniel Norris to Detroit to get Price and young fire baller Miguel Castro to the Rockies for Tulowitzki. This off-season they re-signed Marco Estrada who had a career year in 2015, traded for Jesse Chavez and Drew Storen and signed free agent J.A. Happ.

Topics on the Podcast:

* 2015 Review

- Expectations?

- Key to success in 2015?

- Impact of Russell Martin, Chris Colabello and Kevin Pillar

- Aaron Sanchez?

- Disappointments? Dalton Pompey and Michael Saunders.

* 2015-2016 Offseason Activity

- Loss of David Price?

- Additions of Drew Storen, Jesse Chavez and J.A. Happ

- Re-signing of Marco Estrada

* 2016 Preview & Predictions

- When do Bautista and Encarnacion start to decline?

- Can Josh Donaldson do it again?

- Who is the closer: Roberto Osuna or Drew Storen?

- Projected Rotation and Expectations

- What Prospects could impact the 2016 Blue Jays

- 2016 Prediction

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Chris Mitchell is a staff writer for, a Contributing writer for, SBNation's and He also hosts two Podcasts: "A Podcast To Be Named Later" and "The RotoExperts Fantasy Sports Show" that formerly aired on the Fantasy Sports Television Network (FNTSY). You can find him on Twitter @CJMitch73.